Living in the Strivers Row neighborhood of Manhattan


The Strivers' Row community is composed of just three rows of Georgian and Neo-Italian townhouses. The historical significance and unique character of this patch of Western Harlem qualify it as a mini-neighborhood, and are no doubt reflected in Strivers Row apartments.

 

Because of size alone, this neighborhood doesn't have nearly the supply of NY apartments to meet the demand of those seeking to live in this much-coveted area. 

 

Located on 138th and 139th Streets, between Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., and Frederick Douglas Boulevards, these New York City landmarks were built in the 1890s. Though the area has seen its share of hard times over the last century, many Strivers Row apartments have recently been completely restored to something resembling their original, aristocratic condition.

 

Just a few years ago, this neighborhood underwent a complete and lovingly-handled revitalization. Now, Strivers' Row has been named one of the 20 best blocks in all of New York City by Time Out New York, a survey whose criteria included aesthetics, amenities, "green factor," noise and traffic, public transit, "New York-city," and affordability. 

 

Three different architectural firms designed Strivers' Row: McKim, Mead and WhiteJames Brown Lord; and Bruce Price and Clarence S. Luce. So while all the buildings are harmonious in their red-brown brick facades, there is enough to differentiate the design of each section to maintain and enhance visual interest. The properties are complemented by wrought-iron gates that guard driveways leading to interior parking, courtyards and gardens. Here, there is clearly an emphasis on gracious living, 

 

Among the cultural elites who have called Strivers' Row their home are pianist Eubie Blake, actor Bill "Bojangles" Robinson and composer W.C. Handy. The communities immediately adjacent to Strivers' Row include City College, with all of its attendant student-focused commercial properties, such as inexpensive restaurants, bookstores, and coffee shops. And, like most places in Manhattan, Strivers' Row apartments have access to the rest of the borough via the subway, in this case the nearby B and C trains at 135th Street Station.


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